Canadian Forest Service Publications
Factors influencing aerial insecticide application to forests. 2000. Payne, N.J. Integrated Pest Management Reviews 5: 1-10.
Issued by: Great Lakes Forestry Centre
Catalog ID: 18293
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A successful aerial insecticide application is one that provides the desired degree of pest control at an economic cost, with little environmental impact. This paper discusses a broad range of factors that affect treatment efficacy and environmental impact from aerial insecticide application to forests. Efficacy is affected by parameters such as the choice of active ingredient and its application rate, the volume application rate, tank mix characteristics, the spray droplet size spectrum, and the timing of, and meteorological conditions during an application. Environmental impact is influenced by aspects such as active ingredient specificity, meteorological conditions during the application, avionics use and buffer zone width. Key differences between insecticide applications in forestry and agriculture are pointed out.